Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Laughs

Happy Friday!

Everyone needs a good laugh to get them through the day on a Friday so I thought I would share one of my favourite, and what I think is one of the most hilarious videos I have seen in a long time.
I love it- it's my go to video when I'm having a bad day and the first few times I saw it I laughed so hard I cried, dad nearly fell over when he watched it. You know...It's so funny they had it on the news this morning! (which reminded me I should share it here)'s even funnier when if you try do the accents.

Hope this brings a smile to your day :)

Disclaimer: I apologise if you don't find it humorous and to those who do...I take no responsibility for the obsession with re-watching it and sharing it with everyone that follows or any injuries that are incurred as a result of laughing too hard. Also, I must warn you, that it may cause yourself, others or children (including my brother) to continuously quote it!

I'm off to finish hand quilting, Enjoy!

Miranda & Charlie

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Charlie & Agility #1- Charlie's Profile

Good morning!
Hope everyone is having a great week,
Today will be the first Charlie & Agility feature, so without further adue, I would like to officially introduce you to Charlie....
Name: Commonly known as Charlie but also referred to as Charles or Mr Charles. I'm sure there are other nicknames...just can't remember!

Breed: Cavoodle- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle. 
Gender: Male
 Height: 17.125", so in Agility he jumps 16 inches.
Weight: about 10kg
Born: 11/11/2004 so he is 6 at the moment.  Getting old Charlie!!

Favourite toys:   
 *Squeaky ball (which he will drop at your feat incessantly and could probably play fetch for hours . Recently he has taken to dropping it at the to of the stairs and running after it!) 
*His rope (which he likes to fling and throw in the air and at the person he's playing with)

Favourite Treat: He loves Chicken and also Carrot (strangely)

Naughties Habit: He likes to steal everyone's socks and gardening gloves which he then flings around or hoards them in his bed! Its his Stash. He also likes to bring sticks inside.

 He also likes getting the cats in trouble. And will bark at them, especially the ginger one-Fluffy, when they're being naughty and he will come and nudge me.

* His naughtiest habit recently, would have to be stealing bread of the bench, even if its in a bag. We have no idea how he reaches it, but he especially likes the cheese and bacon bread rolls that we buy!
What I love about Charlie:  To name a few...
-He's Adorable
- Really great with Children 
- Great with other dogs and he LOVES cats- he thinks all cats are like our cat Fluffy and I have to tell him that not all cats would appreciate a big lick on the face!
- He's full of character and personality
- His gentle, loving nature
- Fun
- Highly intelligent/ easy to train
- A great friend & always there accompanying me in my adventures
- Dad and I were talking the other day about how he seems to have a bit of an Off button. He can switch between lazy, sleeping & lying around Charlie, to crazy, silly and playful Charlie and back again almost on command. This is great because when we have had enough of the little brown blur racing around the house with the cat, we say "stop" or "that's enough" and he settles down! amazing!
- 2 and a half years of Obedience
- 4 years of Agility and we have been competing (not very regularly) for the past 2 and half years.
- A vast range of Tricks- I use to Google Dog Tricks when we ran out of things in the books to train! We also did a bit of service dog training off the internet- including opening cupboards, draws and doors. 
- Recently we have learnt how to fetch our lead and collar and I'm trying to teach him to fetch the newspaper at the moment- he's still intent on chewing it though!

  *When I was 13 & 14 I use to work/volunteer as an instructor in a puppy preschool and in obedience classes. A couple of years ago I was offered a place on an accredited Instructor course at the club I am currently with, however I didn't have the time with school, but I am hoping to do that one day along with getting my accreditation in Dog Training & Behaviour. At the moment I have been helping some friends with their dogs. 

Phew! So this is Charlie and now you know a little more about what else I do :)

I know it's not quilting but I hope you found it a bit interesting and enjoyed the pictures. I have been searching and searching through my computer for good pictures of Charlie and have accumulated quite a large folder now, although I am still trying to find his puppy pictures, they must be hiding somewhere...

Coming up Next week, I will share a little more about Agility and what it is.

Miranda & Charlie



Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A dog named Charlie

It has come to my attention, over the holidays, that Charlie doesn't make anywhere near enough appearances, as he should around here.
So along with some other exciting changes that will be gradually taking place, you will be seeing a lot more of Charlie in all his cuteness (if that's a word?).

Agility training started up again on Monday, so I thought every week I would share what Charlie and I are up to, training, competitions etc. and including some photos.

So every week, starting next Wednesday there will be a feature on Charlie & Agility , I can't wait!


I am hoping to create a button soon called "Blogs with Dogs" and it is my hope that through sharing a lot more about Charlie and what we love to do (my other passion), that it might encourage others to share more about their gorgeous pups and companions and also promote the dog sport of Agility and how much fun it is...You never know, you might be inspired to join the fun and find a club near you!

 Offcourse there will still be all the creating, quilting and sewing that's going on now, but with a bit more of Charlie and other excitement thrown in, I hope you wont mind :)

A sneak peek anyone?

Next Wednesday:  Charlie's Profile and What is Agility?

Ps. In other news-  It has been super busy over here- getting ready for uni, trying to find a part time job, job interviews, agility, driving lessons, trying to finish hand quilting etc. so Thankyou to everyone who has been commenting or emailed recently, I'm sorry I haven't replied to you sooner.

Hope you have a great week,
Miranda & Charlie